I have been doing a lot of reading and thinking in the last couple of months. Around Xmas I started a new story project with year 8 students but there seems to be a few hindrances: First of all, some seem to feel over-challenged despite taking them through the project step by step. One girl produced a fantastic short digital story about cyber mobbing in no time at all which has even been used in other classes to discuss this subject, but most of the others seem to be stumped once requested to put images to their texts (storyboard) although they had already successfully completed a picture book project the year before. The other hindrance is the system itself: just as we get into full swing with the project, the students have to be prepared for an external standards test. for EFL. This means going through practice tests so that they know the test format on the day but it has really knocked our schedule off track…and is not the most inspiring of tasks. However, interestingly enough, many students like having the safety of printed sheets and tasks to fulfil.